Governments bring the greatest benefit to their people, not by operating businesses, but by investing in infrastructure that stimulates and facilitates economic growth. An outstanding example of this principle at work is the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) at Henderson, WA. On 8 February, the Melville-Cockburn Chamber of Commerce visited the precinct with around 30 of its members, an arrangement facilitated by WA DEFENCE REVIEW.
Opened in 2003, the AMC is a world-class centre for excellence for manufacturing, fabrication, assembly, maintenance and technology development, servicing the marine, defence and resource industries. Since inception, the facility has surpassed all expectations, generating in excess of $2.4 billion for the local economy and creating more than 37,400 jobs from some 417 projects.
Only slightly off “the beaten track”, this magnificent facility on the Cockburn Sound foreshore can easily be missed by the motorist. The slight deviation is rewarding, even without gaining entry to the site. Entry, of course, is restricted, in keeping with the sensitivity of projects being undertaken, but can be arranged for select business groups.
AMC General Manager, Jonathon Smith, used multi-media to illustrate the four main precincts: Marine, Technology, Fabrication, and Support Industry, which host more than 150 businesses. The Facility has international credentials for the repair, maintenance and construction of naval and commercial vessels, as well as infrastructure for the fabrication and assembly of offshore oil and gas modules.
While much of the acreage is leased to relevant private companies, the WA Government retains a substantial zone called the Common User Facility (CUF), where both space and facilities can be rented for the period required to complete a project. This not only saves companies from having to invest in their own infrastructure for one-off jobs, but it enables them to bid for major construction projects that would otherwise be lost to WA. The CUF is managed for WA Government agency LandCorp by
“The Melville Cockburn Chamber of Commerce is delighted to be given the opportunity to extend to its members an invitation to tour the floating dock at the AMC in Henderson recently. The tour was coordinated by WA DEFENCE REVIEW
The feedback from the MCCC members that attended the tour was very positive, with many of those who had the privilege to experience the tour and view the general surroundings of the ship building prescient stating that it was unique experience.
The MCCC looks forward to building a even stronger relationship with the WA Defence Sector and would welcome the opportunity to participate in any future AMC tours.”
-Tony Romano, President, Melville Cockburn Chamber of Commerce